Pancake recipes from around the world

From silky, thin French crêpes to Malaysian roti jala, pancakes are flipped, filled and feasted on in a variety of ways around the world. Celebrate Shrove Tuesday with some international inspiration...

Pancake recipes from around the world

Pancake Day is the perfect excuse to tuck into a stack of steaming hot pancakes - but there's no need to just stick with the classic British lemon and sugar. We've found some great alternatives - here's how pancakes are eaten in 10 different countries around the world...

French

Crêpes are large, thin pancakes made by swirling batter in an oiled pan. Watch our how to make pancakes video to see the technique in action - try the traditional air-flip or use a spatula if you'd rather not risk your ceiling!

Try our foolproof recipe to get perfect, crêpe-style pancakes, and serve as a delicious dessert, smothered in a caramelised sugar, butter and orange sauce with our classic recipe for crêpes Suzette.

 

American

Light, fluffy and small in diameter, pancakes in America are often served as a stack with fruit fillings and sweet toppings for dessert, or with crispy bacon and maple syrup for breakfast. Baking powder or beaten egg whites are mixed into the batter, which is dropped into an oiled pan a ladleful at a time and cooked in batches.

Watch a demonstration in our video guide to making American pancakes. Get started with American blueberry pancakes, or make a brunch time feast of banana pancakes with crispy bacon and syrup.

 

Malaysian

Soft and slightly chewy, roti jala are savoury pancakes that often include turmeric to give a golden-yellow colour and are served as a side dish. They are poured into an oiled pan using a special scoop with several holes in the bottom, or squeezed from a plastic bottle to create the traditional 'net' pattern. Perfect for soaking up sauces from curries and stews - dip in!

Try our recipe for roti jala (Malaysian net pancakes).

 

Korean

Finely sliced vegetables, shredded meat or seafood are pan-fried and covered in batter to make Korean pancakes called jeon. These savoury pancakes are often served with a dipping sauce, and are eaten as a starter or snack.

Try this Korean-style prawn & spring onion pancake for a savoury Shrove Tuesday supper.

 

Russian

Blini and blintz are two types of Russian pancakes. Traditionally, blini are yeasted and contain a rising agent, resulting in a fluffier texture, while blintz are thinner and are generally wrapped around a filling. Mini blinis are especially good topped with sour cream and smoked salmon or caviar - try these beetroot blinis with smoked salmon as a party nibble, or cut this giant buckwheat blini into slices.

If you're after a fruitier Russian treat, try our apple and blueberry blintzes.

 

Swedish

Grated potato pancakes, called raggmunk, are often served with fried pork and lingonberries in Sweden. Alternatively, try these potato & dill pancakes with gravadlax for a scrummy salmon brunch or supper.

 

Scottish

Scotch pancakes, also known as drop scones, are similar in size and shape to American pancakes. They are typically spread with butter and jam, like toast, and make a delicious tea time treat.

To turn Scotch pancakes into a delicious dessert, try our recipe for strawberry compote with sugared drop scones. After a savoury snack? Make a break from tradition with our rosemary & olive drop scones with goat's cheese.

 

German

So-called 'German pancakes' are also known as 'Dutch babies', a name which originated in the USA. To make these bowl-shaped popovers, pancake batter is poured into a cast-iron pan over the stove, and then baked in the oven, so that it puffs up like a Yorkshire pudding. Try our recipe for Dutch baby pancake with drunken cherries.

In Germany, flat pancakes, which are thicker than a crêpe, are also common, often with apple slices laid in the batter, or rolled with chunky fruit compotes. For a savoury version, try this German-inspired cheese and bacon topping.

 

Italian

The Italian take on a crêpe is a crespelle, often made using chestnut flour instead of all wheat. They can be rolled and stuffed with savoury fillings such as cured meats, vegetables and cheese.

Try our recipe for pancake cannelloni for an Italian-inspired Shrove Tuesday supper.

 

Indian

A traditional pancake in South India is called dosa. These thin, savoury delicacies are made from fermented rice and lentil batter, and are called masala dosa when stuffed with a spicy potato curry. Try serving with a spicy sweet potato filling and a cooling coconut raita

Feeling inspired? Try our Indian potato pancakes, with chilli, ginger and green lentils.

 

Which country's cuisine takes your fancy, or do you know of an unusual alternative that we've missed off the list? Let us know in the comments below...

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mirjambrady
2nd Feb, 2016
Dutch pancakes! Large, thick, and with fruit in the batter. Definitely not a dessert but a main course - we have many pancake restaurants :-)
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